Deluxebuster: This particular Chevy Lumina APV Limo is usually the Only One inside entire world
While General Motors lagged in powertrain along with also chassis development inside ’80s (the Buick Grand National, which slapped a turbo on a pushrod six of Kennedy-era origin doesn’t count), the behemoth’s design bureaus were still turning out some attractive stuff. This particular wasn’t until the early 1990s which styling was pushed off the same unfortunate cliff via which engineering had been unceremoniously shoved inside 1970s. As such, the sci-fi-ready Chevrolet Lumina APV, launched for 1990, plucked at the heartstrings of a few Americans who were not yet hip to the badness of the era’s domestic vehicles. So why not make a limo out of one? After all, if Donald Trump can have his own custom-branded Cadillac limousine, shouldn’t the proletariat at least be afforded the opportunity to ride in all-purpose luxury?
Bob Halpern of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, took the sentiment to heart when creating This particular particular machine. In fact, he apparently had two Lumina APVs converted for eight-passenger VIP hauling by adding a a few-foot stretch along with also a custom Inside. At the time, Cadillac along with also Lincoln limos were cresting $50K, along with also sales of the elongated beasts were tanking. Halpern figured the APV could make for a compelling along with also more affordable alternative.
Fast forward to today, when upfitted, business-class Sprinters count as acceptable fancy-folk transport, along with also This particular seems which Halpern was merely a prescient dude left waiting for the entire world to catch up—although we imagine the three-pointed star helps make the Benz’s swank-trousers business case. The Lumina, after all, wore only a bow tie. You know, like a Chippendales dancer.
As reported in C/D’s June 1992 issue, our John Phillips drove one of the stretch Dustbusters—auspiciously named the Concorde Lumina APV—not long before Chrysler poached the Concorde name for its entry-level LH car. He proclaimed the maximum minivan “among the best-driving, best-suspended of its ilk.” Why along with also how Phillips has so much experience with the Concorde’s ilk is usually beyond the scope of This particular blog post.
Sadly, the crimson-Inside Concorde featured in our pages reportedly has been totaled, leaving This particular van of lesser provenance as the last XL APV left standing. There is usually, however, not bad news. For 4200 American dollars along with also a trip to Hendersonville, Tennessee, what’s purported to be the sole remaining Concorde Lumina APV could be yours. Roughly 70,000 miles are on the odo, along with also the van needs some frame-rail rust repair under the stretch, however the Inside seems solid. The seller claims which “everything is usually stock besides the stretch,” although the television has been upgraded to a modern flat-screen unit along with also digital entertainment comes courtesy of an Xbox, rather than a period-correct Sega Genesis. Like a proper along with also courteous Craigslist citizen, the our intrepid Concorde salesman is usually even throwing in a Haynes manual along with also a copy of our June 1992 issue.
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Buy This particular, along with also you’ll have what’s apparently the only Concorde Lumina APV inside entire world. We’re willing to wager which Concorde ownership is usually far more fulfilling than whatever This particular is usually you were planning to do with $4200 at which sketchy Dollar General in Farmington, completely new Mexico. We formally invite you to find out.